Dislike Fruit

While clearing my feeds I found a post regarding the iPod with video and connecting it to a TV. After hearing of the iPod TV Out lockout, where the new iPod classic and nano (the fatty) can no longer output video without a US$49 cable as opposed to a regular cheap video cable (US$5), I was curious. Despite finding out that the post was about the older iPod with video which, is clearly stated in the title (my be the lack of sleep), I did find out something interesting. If you follow the link HOW-TO: Cheaply watch iPod videos on your TV you will read the following

2. Plugging the AV cable into the TV

You’re probably thinking that you don’t need help doing this one. Well let me tell you, you do. Since Apple wants you to buy their proprietary cable, they decided to be sneaky. They send the video over the Red RCA cable (usually yellow). Therefore, they send the audio over the white and yellow cables. Oh you’re so tricky Apple, whatever will we do? In easier words, do the following:

Red RCA plug -> TV’s yellow RCA jack
Yellow RCA plug -> TV’s white RCA jack
White RCA plug -> TV’s red RCA jack

A standard RCA output but non-standard function. Just another example of the Apple lock-in for those who try putting a regular cable find out it doesn’t work properly and do not know better and end up buying a ‘specialized’ cable.

Anyway I took a look at the Leopard Guided Tour and there are some interesting and cool things being introduced (Quick Look, iChat screen sharing and Time Machine). Strange enough there was a good discussion on Windows Weekly 38. With Windows Vista still being introduced (to me, due to the slow uptake), the recent release of Ubuntu 7.10 last week and the soon to be released Leopard (tomorrow) there really is a 3 way OS battle that I hope to give a few thoughts about in a later post.

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4 thoughts on “Dislike Fruit”

  1. do you know of a way on these new ipods to play with a non apple cord? is there a hack? thank you for your time

  2. Nope, sorry I can’t help you. As the article states there is an Apple authentication chip is needed to be in the device connected to the iPod itself so it looks like it’s not possible unless the 3rd party cord has the Apple chip inside.

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